Disabled and Blind Day Yacht Sailing on Windermere
- On the Day
- Need to Know – The Essential Bits
- Who can do this?
- About Us
Sea Pig is our day Yacht and she is somewhere between a large sailing dingy and
small yacht. She is mostly open decked like a dinghy but thanks to a clever ballast
system is more stable than most yachts.
This makes her a fantastic accessible sailing boat - Sea Pig’s sides sit flush with the
pontoon and with no guard wires in the way, she’s easy to step aboard or transfer
into via a mid height transfer step.
Once aboard you can sail Sea Pig from a single position with the majority of the
controls accessible. Seating is on a flat bench with a great back rest. Support straps
are available to prevent sliding off when she leans and further lateral support is
available using our specialist watersports seat with 5 point harness and side support.
Sea Pig is a quick and lively boat and with up to 4 sails rigged there is lots to learn
and do onboard. Typically we meet and put on our buoyancy aids, board the boat and
set sail within 15 minutes of the meet time.
We motor out to some clear space, rig the sails and then it is time to get the hang of
manoeuvring her, changing the sails to suit the wind and controlling her direction. By
lunch time you will have earned it.
Lunch is a posh picnic with a hot drink supplied by us, usually whilst on anchor in a
After lunch it’s typically the upwind leg back to base and the most challenging and
exhilarating sailing direction.
A note on toilets; our base has excellent accessible toilets but they are not where the
wind is, so we normally sail away from them. There are further opportunities for the
loo at one other venue around lunchtime which should be accessible (being rebuilt for
spring 2022) though the pontoon there is fixed and at low lake levels potentially 70cm
higher than Sea Pig. There is an option to carry a loo, with rails and privacy tent
onboard and for others to go into the cabin but this best suits a private booking.
Finding Fell Foot
Fell Foot is one mile North of Newby Bridge on the A592. Coming from Newby Bridge the park exit is reached first followed by the entrance approximately 500m further on.
The Postcode is LA12 8NN
If you are lost, late or having any problems call us on the duty phone (only operated when we are expecting clients) on 07452933763
We meet at the Active Base. There is very limited parking down there but the two blue badge spaces tend to be available.
When you enter the park, head into the main carpark unless using the disabled spaces and then wander over to find us under the tree in the Active Base (there is only one and it’s obvious).
Bring your stuff for the day with you, there are lockers at the Active Base for anything you want to lock away – safe and dry.
Our hosts charge for parking – if you are a National Trust Member it’s free. We encourage people to actually park in the park rather than outside as they have invested huge efforts to make this a great community hub and we support them through parking and membership. Parking is £9 for all day.
We pay a fee for your use of the Active Base so you should not pay for Active Base bands if offered.
Cafe – Fell Foot has a lovely cafe if you fancy turing up early for a brew.
Off road wheelchair. Fell Foot has an off road wheel chair (see the picture) if you are counting on using it, contact us so we can pre book it.
Disabled access toilet – at the Active Base – brand new to modern standards.
Changing Place – behind the cafe – bring your own sling.
A true adventure sailing experience with a wide accessibility range.
See Windermere England largest lake and jewel in the crown of the National
Park from the ideal craft.
This is a hands on experience. Chris is a highly qualified instructor and
encourages you to take control, under his guidance.
After booking, you will receive an email with a unique booking code. You will be provided with a link to request your experience day.. Then all you do, is wait for the fun to begin.
Dedicated disabled parking.
Level access to activity, cafe, accessible toilets and full changing place.
Access to craft requires ability to self transfer between surfaces of moderately
We have a variety of supportive seating, transfer aids, grip aids, resting seats and
We have a radio system compatible with 3.5 mm stereo jacks to aid hearing.
We have tactile markers to aid identifying ropes for those with visual impairments.
We are ASD aware and have many coping strategies and can arrange visual
timetables, familiarisation visits, quiet time access and time out options.
Maximum waist 155cm
Minimum weight 12kg (though below 8’s should really book privately – equivalent to 3
adult tickets) as it affects the other participants on open events
We are highly flexible especially on private bookings – we are a specialist provider of
inclusive adventures – everything can be discussed.
We do need to accept this is a minimally adapted environment and the normal outdoor
Surfaces can be wet, loose or slippery
Wind and rain make the weather cold
Toilets can be far away
And unforeseen things happen
Are spectators welcomed? yes
Spectators will find spectating of little value – we will be out of sight for the majority of
the time. However there is a nice cafe and woodland walks within the park.
Which days of the week is the experience available?
Dates vary and can be discussed on booking
Any months the experience doesn’t run?
In the winter months October- March we dont offer open activities but still arrange
private bookings 2 or more individual places is fine for winter bookings
Are there any excluded or restricted dates?
Our mission is quite simple: we want to get more disabled and visually impaired people enjoying new, fun and exhilarating activities. We want to help people with disabilities and visual impairments feel confident that they can enjoy the same activities and life experiences as someone without a disability. We want disabled and blind people to have access to new and cool products which look like they were made for someone with a zest for life
LET THE FUN BEGIN